Kel Fulgham

Kel Fulgham found his love for writing at a very young age, and has been writing poetry and short stories for several years. He has developed a special affinity for horror and science fiction stories, and loves to mix the two whenever possible. He admits that his darkest dreams provide his inspiration, but he hopes his readers enjoy his books and not experience his nightmares.

Hi Kel, please tell everyone a little about yourself.

Kel: I was born in New York and lived on Long Island and in the Bronx as a child. Growing up in New York is a very unique experience in and of itself, and just being there can spark your creativity and set your imagination free. I moved to Maine at the same time NYC was attacked (I was still in NY at the time) and have been here ever since. I love to write and work in the technology field.

When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?

Kel: Hmm. The writing bug must have gotten to me pretty young because I have always loved putting pen to paper. These days it’s more putting fingertips to keys but the passion is the same. I like to write fiction, and I usually stay in the paranormal realm. I write a lot of horror, sci-fi, and a little romance (although you can tell from my writing I do like a good love story). I try to focus on the human experience when met with something that falls outside of the explainable.

When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish?

Kel: I want most of all to invoke emotion. When someone picks up a book to read, they are looking for an escape. Ok, when I read a book, I know it’s good when I can put it down and think about it – when I find myself asking questions about it. When I get mad or sad reading about one of the characters getting hurt. I love when people come back to me and tell me “How could you kill her?” or “Don’t you dare kill his character off!” It means they’re invested, and that’s what all authors really want.

Briefly tell us about your latest book. Is it part of a series or stand-alone?

Kel: Sadist II: The Duppy King is the continuation of the Sadist series. Sadist: The Rise introduced us to Cal Johnson, a pretty normal introverted kid growing up in the Bronx in the early 1970’s. He grew up in the projects and went to school like so many other kids. As he was getting ready to turn ten years old, he was mugged by a bunch of boys that went to his school, and spent six years in a coma. When he finally came out of it, he was a teenager but still had the mentality of a nine-year-old. On top of that, he finds out that when he falls asleep, people die. He falls in love with a neighbor girl, and when she is hurt, he lets his inner demon out. The Duppy King explains more about the entity within and resolves the storyline.

What’s the hook for the book?

Kel: Well I don’t know if there is a hook, per se. The mind is still for the most part “The undiscovered country” and scientists are just cracking the surface of what controls what in the brain. In theory, our real potential lies within the still unexplored portions of the brain. Science is moving toward unlocking those regions and possibly the very key to our existence.

How do you develop characters? Setting?

Kel: Well, from experience. No, I don’t have an inner demon killing people. But I grew up in NY in those projects. I saw a lot of violence as a kid.

Who’s the most unusual/most likeable character?

Kel: I think the Sadist is by far the most unusual character. I do like Cal and Maria.

Do you have specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?

Kel: Well I get on my treadmill and while I am running sometimes things come to me. Usually if I’m stuck on something, if I think it through within the first five minutes on the treadmill I can break through it. It’s really quite bizarre. I do write outlines too but the book takes on a life of its own and sometimes I find myself rewriting an outline three or four times. Sometimes I don’t even know how things will go until the words are there.

Do you have a specific writing style? Preferred POV?

Kel: I guess I usually write either first or third person. I don’t have a specific writing style other than my own. I try not to get overly wordy, because every word should bring the reader deeper into the story and not just meet a quota.

Share the best review (or a portion) that you’ve ever had.

Kel: There was one gentleman who read Sadist: The Rise and said to me on Facebook that my presentation of the Bronx made him feel like he was there. Another person told me that Sadist II: The Duppy King invoked strong emotion from her. To be honest, I love all my reviews. Keep them coming!

Where can folks learn more about your books and events?

Kel: My Facebook pages:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sadist-The-Rise/121505234574103

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sadist-II-The-Duppy-King/247715771929006

And of course my Twitter Page @KelFulgham.

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Ian Kidd

Ian Kidd is a freelance writer, published author and qualified editor and proofreader. He has also ghostwritten fiction and non-fiction e-books, served as script/dialogue editor on two proposed horror feature film scripts for director Aleksandr Sokolyn, and had a short comic skit shortlisted for inclusion in the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival.

Please tell us  little about yourself, Ian.

I grew up in South Yorkshire, England, before emigrating to South Australia at the age of sixteen. I have written everything from non-fiction ebooks to published short fiction, and served as script editor on two proposed horror feature film scripts for an LA based director. In terms of fiction I have written more than a hundred e-books, most of which will become available to purchase via Amazon over the coming weeks and months. The “Ian’s Gang” series will be available in ongoing separate installments and then anthology versions that collect together the most recent releases (normally around six).

I still live in South Australia, where I work as a freelance writer.

When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre?

Ian: The writing bug bit when I was just a child, and it was in the science fiction/horror genre even back then. I became quite notorious for writing these little horror stories which the teachers would get me to read out to class in junior school. I can’t help but think that nowadays they’d be more likely to be calling in the child psychologists than doing that!

When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish?

Ian: I think my goals when I started writing were pretty much the same as they are now – which is just to write the kind of stories that I would enjoy reading, and hopefully therefore other people would too.

Briefly tell us about your latest book.


Ian: 
My latest book is Bloodlust, which was published in mid July 2012 by Andrews UK Ltd’s House of Erotica Books division. It’s something of a departure for me being an erotic horror, which is not a genre I’ve written before, but I enjoyed it so much, and it turned out so well, that I’m already going back to it again.

What’s the hook for the book?

Ian: It’s a pretty saucy piece about a lesbian vampire who enjoys seducing and murdering young women. I think if I read a description for a book like that, I’d be hooked right off lol!

Who’s the most likeable character?

Ian: Well, it’s funny, but I think the most likeable character is one who I originally didn’t give much thought to when planning the piece – Evan, who is the best friend of Lucy, the girl who’s targeted by the lesbian bloodsucker. Evan turned out to be so much fun, and so unwavering in her devotion to Lucy, that she became a much bigger part of the story,and I really started to like her and root for her.

Do you have any specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?

Ian: Honestly, no! With only a few exceptions (namely a couple of novel-length Ian’s Gang stories which were so complex and involved I had to have a game plan or I would have got lost) I don’t generally like to plan too much. I like to have a general idea of where a story is headed, but if you over-plan I think it limits the possibilities that you can uncover with plot and characters while actually writing it.

Share the best review you’ve ever had?

Ian: Getting any reviews has been a struggle, as it is for many authors when they’re starting out, but I literally just got my first review this morning for The Bad Ian, the first in my “Ian’s Gang” series:

Really fun, self-aware short with an abundance of witty dialogue and creative storytelling, and style akin to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It should definitely please sci-fi enthusiasts.

Needless to say, I was pretty chuffed with that!

What are your current projects?

Ian: Well, the “Ian’s Gang” series continues apace, with around two new e-books being published per week, largely because it is going to take quite a while to catch up (in terms of publication) with what’s already been written. I have also just had another erotic horror novella called Whisper In Your Ear accepted, again by Andrews UK Ltd’s House of Erotica Books division, so that should hopefully show up in the next month or so as well.

Where can folks learn more about your books?

Ian: People can keep up with my latest books by visiting my Twitter account at http://twitter.com/codyw1or my blog at http://ianrobertkidd.wordpress.com

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Dougie Brimson

Widely acknowledged, as well as one of the games most vocal anti-violence and anti-racism campaigners, Dougie Brimson has acted as an advisor to both the British governments working group into soccer disorder and the European commissions’ soccer group. He has also written extensively for various magazines, newspapers and websites including The Sun, The Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, Loaded, Four-Four-Two magazine, About.com and Soccer 365.

In 2003, Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie, “It’s a Casual Life”, and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded, “Green Street Hooligans”, starring Elijah Wood.

Please tell us a little about yourself, Dougie.

Dougie: My name is Dougie Brimson and I’m a former RAF serviceman who was fortunate enough to have my first book published in 1996.

Since then I’ve written a further thirteen books in a variety of genres as well as a couple of movies including the Elijah Wood film, Green Street.

When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?

Dougie: I actually never set out to be a writer at all, it happened by accident. I had left the RAF in 1994 with no real idea of what I wanted to do other than I was intent on avoiding any more engineering for a while and somehow ended up working as a television and film extra with my younger brother.

Anyone who has ever done any of that kind of work knows how much sitting around you do and inevitably, discussions turned to football and the forthcoming EURO 96. That’s when the idea for a non-fiction book about football fan culture was born. That book became Everywhere We Go, and it was a smash as, to be fair, we knew it would be.

It was very much a case of ‘right book, right time’ and went so well that I wrote a further three non-fiction books with my younger brother before branching out on my own into fiction. Since then I’ve written two best-selling thrillers (The Crew and Top Dog) and a number of comedy books as well as more non-fiction.

I’m very lucky in that I have a very loyal readership who seem to like the varied nature of my list. Someone recently called me the Forrest Gump of literature as they never knew what they were going to get next. I hope that’s what they meant anyway!!

When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish? Is there a message you want readers to grasp?

Dougie: Initially I had one clear goal, to make as much money as I could as quickly as I could and then retire. Simple as that.

I know that sounds mercenary, but you have to remember that my first book was the first thing I’d ever really written, so it never occurred to me that it would end up as any kind of career. I was also well into my thirties when I started writing, so I wasn’t exactly looking for a fresh challenge!

These days it’s all about keeping my readers happy because, without them, I don’t have a career of any kind. And if I write something they don’t like, they’ll soon let me know.

How do you develop characters? Setting?

Dougie: That depends on the idea but how it tends to happen is that as the idea unfolds in my head so will a mental image of that character. Once I have that, then the character traits roll out, and then I need two final elements. A name, which has to suit both my character and the subject matter, and finally, I need to hear the character’s voice. Literally. So to do that, I’ll find someone who is as close to my profile as I can possibly get, and from that point on, that becomes my character. It can either be someone I know personally or an individual who is in the public eye, it doesn’t matter.

The reason I do that is because, if I become stuck on anything or unsure of how that character would react in a given situation, I can simply call that person up or YouTube them. Usually, simply hearing the right voice will provide me with the solution to my problem.

Setting wise, I base my fictional work in places I know simply because it saves on research although, occasionally, Google maps have provided a nice and rapid reminder.

Who’s the most unusual/most likeable character?

Dougie: My comedy novel Billy’s Log was written as a male response to the Bridget Jones phenomenon (or anti-male propaganda as I prefer to think of it), and as a consequence, it required the creation of a character who not only possessed a great deal of depth but was also incredibly likeable.

The result was Billy Ellis and in many ways, what I created with him was my invisible best mate. I adored working with Billy and as a character I still miss him ten years on. Thankfully, so do the people who read the original book and as a result of the success Billy’s Log is currently enjoying in eBook format, I’m coming under a great deal of pressure to write a sequel simply because people are keen to know what happened to him. I’m very excited about that prospect and will be writing that next year.

Do you have specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?

Dougie: I write in an apparently odd way in that once I have a rough outline of my idea and my basic characters, I work on the ending first. Not in rough form, I mean that it is tight and edited to within an inch of its life.

I do that because to me, fiction is all about the ending. It’s the part most readers remember and is certainly what keeps them coming back for more. Only once I’m totally happy with the ending will I take a fresh look at my characters to tighten them up a bit, and then I thrash through a first draft in true panster style. After that, it’s all down to polishing and editing.

Do you have a specific writing style? Preferred POV?

Dougie: I think all authors have their own style and if they haven’t, then they should have. After all, if your aspiration is to be like everyone else, you surely need a different aspiration.

Mine is biased toward providing snappy dialogue simply because I prefer to involve the readers in the creative process and let them paint the pictures as I’m getting on with telling the story. Indeed, someone once reviewed one of my books as reading like a film script, and I took that as a huge compliment.

I’ve written in both first and third person and actually prefer the former because that means that, as a writer, I’m writing about me or a version of me. Similarly, first person makes the reader the actual hero. Or the villain of course! I love that it takes you out of your comfort zone, and isn’t that the point of a book?

How does your environment/upbringing colour your writing?

Dougie: I’ve lived a very interesting and varied life thus far, and it would be foolish to say that it hasn’t impacted on my work because of course it has. If nothing else, it’s equipped me with a colourful vocabulary!

I’m also a great advocate of the ‘write what you know’ school, so many of the situations you’ll read in my fictional work will have happened to me or people I know in real life. But I do struggle with my writing environment at times, and to combat that, I use headphones and music. Indeed, music is vital to me when I write anything as I use it as a trigger, so it’s very important to find the right album for the particular project.

For example, when I wrote Billy’s Log, I listened to the Stereophonics first album on repeat and after about fifty times (seriously), it became almost like hypnosis because as soon as I heard it, I was back in character. Conversely, if the phone rang, I could simply pause it and step away for a few minutes. Of course, once the book was finished, I had to throw the album away. Even to this day, ten years later, if one of the tracks comes on the radio, I go into writing position!

As a professional author, do you enjoy the part of your job that doesn’t involve writing?

Dougie: The promotional aspect of writing is great fun, and I do everything I can to sell my books and spread the word about what a former editor once called ‘Brand Brimson’.

I also like to talk to writing groups whenever I’m asked, but that’s about it really. I don’t get invited to literary functions, and although I’ve spoken at a couple of festivals abroad, I’ve only recently received my first invitation to speak at a festival of any kind in the UK.

I’m not really sure why that is, but hey, that’s the literary world for you. I’ve been writing for over sixteen years now, and it’s never made much sense to me at all. But one thing I have learned is that there are a huge number of people involved in publishing who fail to grasp the simple truth that the most important person in the whole process is the reader.

Share the best review (or a portion) that you’ve ever had.

Dougie: I’ve had some brilliant reviews in the mainstream press over the years as well as some hilariously bad ones, but in truth, although I read them all, and they certainly sell books, I’ve never really given them much consideration.

I know my market and it’s feedback from that which is important to me, especially these days as it’s such perfect customer research. In effect, reader reviews tell me what to write next.

That’s why I have made myself so easy to contact, and I do receive lots of direct mail from readers, which I absolutely love. Hearing from someone that I wrote the first book they’d ever read cover to cover, or even the first they had ever actually finished, is incredibly rewarding.

What are your current projects?

Dougie: Book wise, I’m currently putting the finishing touches to a novel called Wings of a Sparrow which is a comedy based around a football fanatic who inherits ownership of his local rivals. Think Fever Pitch meets Brewster’s Millions. Once I’ve finished that, then work will commence on the third book in the The Crew/Top Dog trilogy and then the sequel to Billy’s Log.

I’m also working on a few movie projects at the moment, and if they go as I hope they will, there may well be book versions of those to write.

Where can folks learn more about your books and events?

Dougie: Everything you will ever need to know about me can be found at www.dougiebrimson.com

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